Which is why Gunn is creating the Midway Community Kitchen, a place where local businesses will be able to use kitchen space and people from all over the area will be able to come learn how to cook.
Gunn said she hopes to open her shop sometime during the spring, possibly at the beginning of March. She said she has started the permitting process, and she hopes to have her permits in hand by the beginning of January for a site on Rosemary Street.
“The community is what it’s all about for me,” Gunn said.
“I think there’s just so much positive energy around food, and I have a good feeling about it. I really want to target the neighborhood and get people cooking who have never cooked before.”
Gunn’s shop will also offer pop-up shops.
Businesses will have the ability to rent out her space to find out how the community will respond to their food and services without having to invest a lot of money by buying a restaurant in the area.
“If I were going to open a restaurant, I would be doing pop-ups,” she said.
“It’s quick and easy, and you find out immediately what the response is. It’s a way to sort of get your food out there without having to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a restaurant. It’s low risk.”